OUR SAY: It is time we talk about suicide

IN EVERY regional community you will find the people there have been affected by suicide at some point in their lives.

And in most of those communities you will find people not willing to talk about it.

I have seen it time and time again the heartbreak it causes across a community.

This is why we need to start being open about suicide.

It's preventable and opening up the conversation has the potential to save lives.

The latest suicide statistics show the Wide Bay has the second highest rate in Queensland.

That's not good enough, that's abysmal.

One of the positive things is we don't have to wait for the government to make changes, it can start with you.

Ask your mates how they are going - how they are really going and if someone is feeling down, never tell them to "man up".

If you are concerned about a family member or friend - be upfront and ask them if they are at risk.

You very well could save a life.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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